On this the eve of Election Day, November 8, 2016 let us be mindful of the sacrifices made in the name of freedom for our United States. Our glorious patriots fought and died to build the foundation by which our country has stood strong as a beacon for the oppressed. Yet some believe that the very foundation of our country is crumbling.

Why is the foundation crumbling? Perhaps because we have forgotten the words spoken by John F. Kennedy at his inaugural address Jan. 1961, "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country."

We have allowed an insidious enemy infiltrate our country. This enemy we face isn't another country, or a terrorist organization, it is we ourselves. We have witnessed the candidates and their supporters wage previously unseen and particularly contentious campaigns that have divided our country. We have not only let the politicians divide us, we have divided ourselves. We have become a nation of single issue voters. We have forgotten how to put the needs of our nations before ourselves.

As you prepare to cast your ballot, study the issues, study the ballot measures, and most importantly take the time to study the candidates. I think that we can all agree that the candidates are imperfect, that being the case vote for the candidate that you feel has strength of character, and integrity, vote for the candidate that you feel will do the most good for our country. Whether you vote yay or nay for measure, cast your vote for the issue that will do the most good for the majority.

To paraphrase Winston Churchill in 1940, "Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the United States last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour."

On this election eve, I remember the feeling of pride I had when I voted for the first time, and how I felt for taking part in the election process, and I want to recapture that moment, and that feeling. I challenge you to take the time to vote, cast your ballot for those that seek public office to do good for our fellowman, not to serve themselves.

In closing I leave you with the words of JFK, ""Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty."


Rick Salazar